FRUIT FLIES IN SPACE: RELEVANCE TO ASTRONAUT’S HEALTH | Public lecture


‘FRUIT FLIES IN SPACE: RELEVANCE TO ASTRONAUT’S HEALTH’                                     

Dr. Ravikumar Hosamani, 
University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad
(formerly with NASA Ames Research Center, USA)
         
September 12, 2018
5:30 PM
Priyadarshini Planetarium, PMG Junction, Thiruvananthapuram

Abstract:
Fundamentally, all living organisms are evolutionarily adapted to Earth’s gravity. Reduced gravity or microgravity has an adverse impact on organism/s at various levels such as molecules, cells, tissues and organs. NASA’s historic Curiosity landing on Martian surface and subsequent discoveries elevated the hope of humanity to become multi-planetary species in near future. However, to realize this dream, we need to extensively understand the ill effects of microgravity and outer space environment on human health. We know from the fact that living in confined microgravity environment of International Space Station (ISS) for few weeks will have significant impact on the astronaut’s health. Some of the pressing issues are loss of bone structure, reduced muscle mass, compromised immune response, altered cardiovascular function, and behaviour. In this talk, some of the research carried out on the International Space Station employing fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) as a model organism to better understand the astronaut’s health in space will be highlighted.

Registration link: https://goo.gl/bTSMTP

Organised  by
KERALA STATE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY MUSEUM
AERONAUTICAL SOCIETY OF INDIA
AASTRO KERALA
BREAKTHROUGH SCIENCE SOCIETY



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